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Acquitted Bhullar to get rank of DGP
Chandigarh, January 19
As the Punjab Government has decided not to move the Supreme Court against Mr D.S. Bhullar, a former Additional Director-General of Punjab Police, he is set to be promoted as Director-General of Police with retrospective effect.

CM announces sops for Thikriwala
ITI to be set up in memory of martyr
Thikriwala (Barnala), January 19
Paying rich tributes to as a torch-bearer of the Riyasti Praja Mandal Sardar Sewa Singh Thikriwala on his 72nd martyrdom day here today, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh announced a bonanza for the Thikriwala village, including the setting up of an ITI in computer technology in his memory at Thikriwala village.

CM acts on Kurali rail bridge issue

Capt Amarinder Singh and Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal after garlanding the statue of Sardar Seva Singh Thikriwala at Thikriwala village on Thursday. Capt Amarinder Singh and Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal after garlanding the statue of Sardar Seva Singh Thikriwala at Thikriwala village on Thursday.

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  Jaiswal evades query on Punjab as disturbed area
Amritsar, January 19
Pakistan needs to take more positive steps to improve bilateral relations, Union Minister of State for Home Parkash Jaiswal stated this on his visit to border district here today. Mr Jaiswal was here to inspect border fencing and take stock of the problems of the Border Security Force.

Union Minister of State for Home Parkash Jaiswal at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Union Minister of State for Home Parkash Jaiswal at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.

Amritsar-Lahore bus service to start today
Amritsar, January 19
Preparations have been completed for the Dosti Express, first Amritsar-Lahore bus service, that is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow. This would be the third bus service between India and Pakistan after the resumption of bilateral relations between the two country.

Compensation or mockery?
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 19
About 15 months ago when hailstorm severely damaged his paddy crop, Gurbachan Singh of Chhanna village had found some solace in the state government’s assurance of a suitable compensation.

Threatened by cops, minor girl attempts suicide
Bathinda, January 19
A 14-year-old girl from Jhanduke village has been admitted to the Civil Hospital after she consumed some pesticide on reportedly being threatened by some cops of the Baliawali police station.

13-year-old gang-raped
Amritsar, January 19
In a shocking incident, a 13-year-old girl, hailing from Bihar, was abducted by three car-borne youths, gagged and then gangraped on the busy Rajasansi International road here late last evening. The girl had come here to meet her uncle, who is a corporal in the Indian Air Force (CIAF). She was abducted by the goons when she had just crossed the road to fetch milk from a dairy. She was taken to a secluded place behind the bushes and then gang-raped. — TNS


No second hearing of suggestions, says delimitation panel chief
Jalandhar, January 19
Justice Kuldip Singh (retd), Chairman, Delimitation Commission, has clarified that there will be no second hearing of objections after the completion of the ongoing process of the public sitting for delimitation of parliamentary and Assembly constituencies of Punjab.

Gallantry awards presented
Ferozepore, January 19
Lieut-Gen Daljeet Singh, AVSM, VSM, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command, presented gallantry awards to 30 officers, JCOs and jawans at an impressive ceremony organised at Mamdot Hall here today.

Police clueless about PPCC secretary’s whereabouts
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 19
Mystery shrouds whereabouts of Mr Pardeep Malhotra, secretary, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee. His family members complained to the Bassi Pathana police that some family friend had made a call at 9.15 pm to Pardeep on his cellphone to meet them at Jyoti Swarup More, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Semen bank inaugurated twice
Ropar, January 19
This is probably the first time in the state when any Cabinet Minister inaugurated same building twice. It happened today here when the state Minister of Animal Husbandry and Tourism, Mr Jagmohan Kang, inaugurated semen bank.

Reserve seats for urban SCs, says Sukhbir
Jalandhar, January 19
In its apparent bid to woo the vast chunk of urban Scheduled Caste(SC) voters of Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has favoured reservation of certain Assembly seats for urban SC candidates.

Girls of Play Ways School rehearse for Republic Day function at Polo Ground in Patiala, on Thursday.
Girls of Play Ways School rehearse for Republic Day function at Polo Ground in Patiala, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

SAD to expose land mafia
Kharar, January 19
The General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Capt Kanwaljit Singh, said here yesterday that when the SAD comes to power in the state it would set up a commission to expose the activities of the land mafia operating in the state.

Shady deal of plot alleged
Amritsar, January 19
Mr Surinder Arjun, president, Durgiana Temple Committee, has alleged that the management of Shri Lakshmi Narayan Ayurvedic College was selling prime land bought in a “shady” deal.

R-Day function
Chandigarh, January 19
The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), will unfurl the National Flag and take the salute on the occasion of Republic Day at a state-level function to be held in Ropar. — TNS


Farmers’ bodies favour law on paddy irrigation
Chandigarh, January 19
Two breakthroughs have been achieved by the Punjab Farmers Commission headed by Dr G.S. Kalkat after discussions for days with representatives of various farmers’ organisations, including powerful factions of the Bharti Kisan Union.


DC orders action against Sarpanch
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 19
Ms Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, today directed the Block Development Panchayat Officer, Sirhind, to get a case registered against the Sarpanch of Dalo Majra village allegedly for withdrawing pensioner’s money from bank and using it for personal use.


22-year-old done to death
Rajpura, January 19
Jaswinder Singh, a 22-year-old youth from Gharama Kalan, near Banur, was allegedly done to death by certain unidentified persons late last night.

Criminal case against SP
Batala, January 19
A criminal case regarding misappropriation of property has been registered at City police station against the erstwhile SHO, Mr Darshan Kumar Sharma. At present Mr Sharma is serving as Superintendent of Police.

Wife held for contract killing
Hoshiarpur, January 19
The mystery behind the murder of Budh Singh (60) of Argowal village has been solved with the efforts of the district police, which has found it a case of contract killing by the victim’s wife.


Elementary schools to be merged with secondary schools
Amritsar, January 19
The Department of Education has decided to increase the school hours and merge primary schools with middle, high and higher secondary schools in the state.

Shakespeare’s play enacted
Patiala, January 19
A theatrical performance of Shakespeare’s popular comedy play- A midsummer Nights dream- was put up by the Department of Theatre and Television, Punjabi university at Kala Bhawan here today.

Teachers’ strike
Amritsar, January 19
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh Colleges Teachers Union observed a
two-period strike against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards their long-pending demands here today.

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